Gyearbuor Asante

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Gyearbuor Asante
Born Frederick Christopher Kwabena Gyearbuor Asante
(1941-11-04)4 November 1941
Accra, Ghana
Died 2 August 2000(2000-08-02) (aged 58)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Occupation Actor
Known for Matthew in Desmond's

Frederick Christopher Kwabena Gyearbuor Asante (4 November 1941 – 2 August 2000) was a Ghanaian actor best remembered for his role in the Channel 4 situation comedy Desmond's, in which he played the role of Gambian mature student Matthew.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Accra, Asante moved to the United Kingdom in 1967 and trained to be an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. A "Gyearbuor Asante Prize for Acting" was subsequently instituted at the academy following his death.[2] He appeared in a number of British TV shows during the 1970s and '80s, where he was billed as Christopher Asante. His credits included episodes of Space: 1999, Mind Your Language, Hazell and The Professionals as well as a TV performance of Ubu Roi in 1976. He also played the minister in the 1983 film Local Hero.[3]

He returned to his birthplace Ghana in 1995 where he was made a Cultural Ambassador. He died in the capital city of Accra with his funeral held in his ancestral village of Tafo [Kwahu] in the Eastern Region of Ghana.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Horace Newcomb, Encyclopedia of Television, Routledge, 2014, p. 690.
  2. ^ "Gyearbuor Asante Prize for Acting". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Gyearbuor Asante". BFI. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  4. ^ Jason Deans (2003-01-05). "Comic Hero". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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